Columbia Law School Professor on Legal Challenges of Islands Threatened by Climate Change
New York, September 3, 2013—Columbia Law School Professor Michael B. Gerrard, the Andrew Sabin Professor of Professional Practice and director of the Center for Climate Change Law, is serving on a panel of experts on climate leadership at this year’s Pacific Islands Forum, held in the Marshall Islands September 3 -6 in the capital atoll of Majuro, 2,280 miles west of Honolulu.
Several draft treaties and international agreements have been proposed but not adopted. One is the Nansen Principles, initiated by the governments of Switzerland and Norway and financed by the European Commission, which concerns cross-border displacement. Another is the Climate Displacement Law Initiative’s Peninsula Principles on Climate Displacement.